Alpena Civic Theatre will present Rowan & Martin's "Laugh-In," March 15-18 and March 22-25.
"Laugh-In" became the highest-rated television series of the late 1960's. "Sock it to me," "Here come de judge," and "Look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls" were comic lines that were run as announcements along the bottom of the screen.
The humor was sometimes nonsensical, sometimes "right on" and sometimes right of center, but it largely escaped censorship problems. "Laugh-In" broke down traditional separation of comedy, musicals and drama that had marked earlier variety shows.
Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, Las Vegas entertainers, tried to orchestrate the show, but were swamped with sight-gags and comical performances around them.
The comic regulars Gary Owens' announcer, Ruth Buzzi's spinster, Arte Johnson's lecherous old man, Goldie Hawn's dizzy blonde, JoAnne Worley's anti-chicken joke, Henry Gibson's soft-spoken poet, Lily Tomlin's snorting telephone operator and many others dominated the program. Many of these comics went from total unknowns to household names and many became important stars.
Alpena Civic Theatre's production will have the following cast: Kristi Carr, Calvin Briggs, Bob Coleman, Sherry Daoust, Gary Goren, Alexandra Hamp, Jackie Herbert, Kathy Klimek, Bruce Michaud, Marie Misel, Jeannie Pines, John Pines and Pat Skiba.
"Laugh-In" was a hilarious revue and one of the funniest programs ever to run on television, where it ran for 140 episodes from 1968 to 1973. Director Robert Sylvester invites the public to see it live. Fast, bawdy, outrageous and irreverent, you can "bet your bippy" it will leave you laughing.
The box office will open Feb. 27. Hours are 3-6 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call 354-3624.